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Local films make good at Long Island Film Festival

"A Long Haul," directed by Nathaniel Kramer (pictured), a film about the continuing plight of the commercial fisherman in the Hampton community, is featured at the Long Island Film Festival. Photo Credit: Handout

The Long Island Film Festival, now in its 27th year, is adjusting its focus.

The event has at times felt a little blurry. In 2008, it was held in venues all over Long Island and even in Manhattan. In 2009, it attempted to stretch over seven weeks, making it difficult to tell when it began and ended.

This year's festival cuts a somewhat sharper figure. After a four-day stint last month at Bay Shore's Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, the 39-film festival is running a second leg this week at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. Each program begins at 7 p.m. and includes several shorts and one feature. All screenings are on DVD.

"I have 39 good winners, as far as I'm concerned," says the festival's vice president and acting executive director Thomas Santorelli. "I think the festival has turned around to improve, so people are not disappointed."

Though the films come from as far away as Canada, Ireland and Russia, here are a few local productions on the schedule.

Mr. Danby's Son (Tuesday)

This half-hour dramatic short centers on a son, his murdered father and the pastor planning the funeral. Filming took place at St. John's Episcopal Church in Huntington.

The Artist and His Model(Thursday)

A documentary on 85-year-old sculptor William King, who decides his latest muse is the owner of Babette's restaurant in East Hampton.

The Pink Fight (Saturday)

This student short out of Hofstra University tackles the emotional side of breast cancer through interviews with survivors, family members and health-care professionals.

A Long Haul (Saturday)

First-time filmmaker Nathaniel Kramer will appear in person to present his 44-minute documentary about the struggles of commercial fishermen on the East End. The film follows one boat captain and his 13-year-old first mate on a three-day expedition.

The 27th Long Island Film Festival

WHEN | WHERE: Show times begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and Saturday at the Bay Street Theatre on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor

INFO: $10 per evening; lifilm.org

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